The Dallas Cowboys owner, Jerry Jones, gave his stance on the national anthem protesting in a meeting on Wednesday with the coaches and players.
Jerry Jones said that he wanted to play bad guy in order to deflect the attention off of the players, ensuring them to see the bigger picture on the business side that included the TV ratings and sponsors.
A few of the Cowboys players admitted their frustration with Jerry Jones’ words about standing or being benched, thinking that he turned his back on them, but now they feel more at ease.
Sources said that after their meeting, Jerry Jones was speaking to players one-on-one if they wanted to.
“It went well,” Dak Prescott said. “I mean we ironed out everything that we needed to at this time.”
“If there’s anything that is disrespectful to the flag, then we will not play,” Jones said after their Sunday loss to Green Bay Packers. “Understand? We will not… if we are disrespecting the flag, then we will not play. Period.”
Rumor has it that a local labor union has filed a complaint to the National Labor Relations Board against the Dallas Cowboys. The complaint claims that Jones’ threats are preventing “concerted activity” at work. That’s one more thing the NFL and the Cowboys team of declined to comment on.
When the locker room was opened up to the press, most players are gone, but they did get to speak to Dan Bailey. Bailey is a place-kicker, captain and he’s the Cowboys’ representative for the NFL Players Association.
“I think my first responsibility it to listen and provide that form for them, and then my next job is to relay that to the people that I talk to in that representation,” Bailey said. “So in that forum, I’m more of just a middleman, be an ear here in the locker room and provide feedback to them. And then, like I said, we can have the discussion amongst all the teams as far as that goes.”
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